Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study done by researchers from West Virginia University. They are reporting that there may be a link between breathing problems while sleeping and high blood levels of uric acid—formed when the body breaks down purines that are found in organ meats and some fish.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin notes (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/what-you-eat-may-be-ruining-your-sleep), uric acid is normally carried in the blood; it passes through the kidneys and is eliminated in urine.
When this elimination system isn’t working properly, gout, kidney stones, or even kidney failure could develop. A high uric acid level doesn’t necessarily cause problems, but it has been shown to appear prior to the development of high blood pressure, heart disease, or chronic kidney disease.
As noted in the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “What You Eat May Be Ruining Your Sleep,” the research team examined results from the 2005–2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination. They looked at sleep variables and high serum uric acid among 6,491 participants aged 20 years and up. The sleep variables included sleep duration, snoring, snorting, and daytime sleepiness.
As the article reports, the researchers found that snoring more than five nights per week, daytime sleepiness, and a high score of sleep variables were associated with high serum uric acid in people—even after adjusting for sex, age, and lifestyle/behavioral risk factors. The association was somewhat lessened—but still present—with the addition of variables related to health problems, such as depression, diabetes, hypertension, and high-cholesterol levels. The researchers concluded that a positive relationship between sleep variables and high serum uric acid levels definitely exists.
(SOURCE: Wiener RC et al., “Association between Serum Uric Acid Levels and Sleep Variables: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Survey 2005–2008,” Int. J. Inflam. 2012; 2012: 363054.)
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